United Arts of Central Florida is more than halfway to its $1.57 million collaborative fundraising campaign goal, the organization will announce today.
"Thanks to the generosity of so many, we're more than three weeks ahead of schedule," said Scott Bowman, chair of the United Arts development committee. "We're tracking 26 percent ahead of last year. But I'm mindful that times are challenging and there's still a lot of work to do to raise the next $800,000. We need everyone's help."
This public campaign is one part of United Arts' fundraising efforts, which also include government and large private grants. Last year, for the first time, United Arts failed to reach its overall goal of $2.8 million, bringing in $2.47 million.
The 2013 collaborative campaign, which began Feb. 1, runs through April 30. This year's campaign featured a strong "early bird" effort that began in late November and secured $505,000 in pledges, or 31 percent of the total goal.
Donations from individuals, corporations and foundations during the three-month campaign provide funding for a range of nonprofit arts, sciences and history organizations in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
During the campaign, donors may designate their contributions to one or more of 17 cultural organizations that partner with United Arts. They may also give to United Arts' Arts for All fund, which supports more than 50 local groups, including cornerstone institutions such as the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Science Center. The fund also provides resources to school-based education programs.
During the campaign, United Arts cultural partners are eligible for a 15 percent matching grant made available through trustee and corporate donors.
For contributions of $50 or more, donors receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Orlando Arts Magazine. For contributions of $100 or more, donors also receive the United ArtsCard, a discount card that offers buy-one-ticket, get-one-free and other deals to cultural events.
Donations to the collaborative campaign can be made online at http://www.UnitedArts.cc
At the top of the page is a video made by Henry Maldonado, president of United Arts-supported Enzian Theater in Maitland, about the campaign.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times